Vren, a young boy who can communicate with animals, is exiled to the forest where the Shadowed people live, and begins a new life with Rusche, an old outcast who can control the local weather. When Rusche disappears, Vren in company with a wolf companion embarks on a dangerous and exhausting search. A spellbinder holds Rusche and other outcasts in thrall, and it seems that even Vren cannot resist the man’s sorcery. But in the end his love for Rusche helps him find a way to free them all from the spellbinder’s grip.
“Thought-provoking and satisfying.” —Booklist
“This is superior fantasy.” —Kirkus Reviews